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THE PENTECOSTAL WORLD CONFERENCE

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The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing. It is not a legislative body to any national entity, but it is rather a coalition of commitment for the furtherance of the Gospel to the ends of the world and thus shall function as a service agent to:

 

  • uphold one another in prayer.
  • support and encourage one another in the task of missions and evangelism.
  • promote Christian fellowship and cooperation among Pentecostal people throughout the world.
  • provide means of consultation and cooperation among the members and related agencies.
  • share mutual concerns and insights relating to any crucial spiritual and temporal issues of the Church.
  • administer relief in times of crises.
  • promote exchange of personnel in special areas of ministry.
  • disseminate helpful information and up-to-date statistics for the benefit of the Church.
  • voice to the world and governments in defense of the faith, social justice, and persecuted believers, as the PWF.

 

 

Statement of Faith

 

The Pentecostal World Fellowship has adopted the following document which crosses denominational lines to form a guiding principle for membership. Members of the PWF should subscribe to the following Statement of Faith:

We believe:

  • the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
  • that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  • in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory;
  • that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely essential;
  • in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance according to Acts 2:4, and in the operation of the spiritual gifts and ministries.
  • in the ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
  • in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
  • in the church of Jesus Christ and in the unity of believers;
  • in the practical application of the Christian faith in everyday experience and the need to minister to people in every area of life, which includes not only the spiritual, but also the social, political and physical.

 

 

Mission and Purpose

 

Historically, the purpose of the Pentecostal World Fellowship has been to create an opportunity for a triennial gathering of Pentecostal groups to share in mutual information; support and edification called the Pentecostal World Conference. More recently a change of name and purpose was approved from one of simply chairing a Pentecostal World Conference every three years to a new set of purposes. These purposes are to:

  • encourage missions partnerships among participating Pentecostal groups.
  • speak to governments and nations on behalf of Pentecostal believers everywhere and especially in countries where persecution exists or where individual rights and freedoms are compromised for the sake of the gospel.
  • share as a Pentecostal World Fellowship in humanitarian aid through its various Pentecostal members by sharing information of assistance given and where possible to cooperate in humanitarian efforts worldwide.
  • serve as a cooperative fellowship whereby educational institutions approved by individual Pentecostal members of the Pentecostal World Fellowship would be recognized by other member groups.
  • pursue the fulfillment of the Lord’s command to evangelize the lost in the shortest possible time, providing them the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in all of its fullness, by encouraging and assisting one another, promoting harmonious relationships, and seeking the most effective means of its accomplishment under the dynamic leadership of the Holy Spirit.
  • emphasize worldwide prayer networks and coordinated prayer.

 

 

Membership

Any national council or fraternal organization, which subscribes to the Statement of Faith and can substantiate such agreement through organizational statements of faith, which desires to cooperate in the work of the PWF, is eligible to apply for membership. They shall complete a membership application and submit it to the office of the chairperson with an attached recommendation letter from an Advisory Committee member representing the region of the applicant. Membership is subject to the approval of the Advisory Committee.

 

In accepting membership in the PWF, each member thereby accepts responsibility for assisting in the furtherance of the purpose and work of the Fellowship. There will be annual membership dues required to join, and continue in, membership in the PWF. Annual membership dues will be governed according to the criteria and rate established by the Advisory Committee of the PWF at its annual meeting.

 

Independent organizations and churches are welcome to apply for membership provided they meet the same qualifications as voting members. They shall complete and submit a membership application form to the office of the chairperson with an attached recommendation letter from an Advisory Committee member representing the region of the applicant. The Advisory Committee shall act upon the application at their next meeting.

 

 

History

Meetings are every three years in a key city of the world. These conferences have been conducted in Zurich (1947), Paris (1949), London (1952), Toronto (1958), Jerusalem (1961), Helsinki (1964), Rio de Janeiro (1967), Dallas, Texas (1970), Seoul (1973), London (1976), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1979), Nairobi (1982), Zurich (1985), Singapore (1989), Oslo (1992), Jerusalem (1995), Seoul (1998), Los Angeles, California (2001), South Africa (2004) and Indonesia (2007).

The advisory committee is responsible to plan and implement arrangements for the triennial conferences.

 

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